The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court promotes skill improvement, professionalism and legal ethics. It does so primarily through collegial discourse and mentoring during monthly meetings at which "Pupillage Groups" are central. The Pupillage Groups employ skits intended to provoke thought and discussion on topics of interest to the profession.

Members of each Pupillage Group teach by role-playing, conveying valuable information on identified topics by simulating scenarios for situations and issues that arise in the practice of intellectual property (IP) law. Our meetings encourage broad participation by group members and audience members. By taking advantage of the vast and varied experiences of attendees, we all benefit.

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Originally one of only a handful of Inns to specialize in the field of IP law, the Benjamin Franklin Inn was chartered in 1995. Our Inn has grown into a strong organization that is a major exchange of intellectual property knowledge, and became a founding participant in the Linn Inn Alliance of IP Inns.

The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court holds its meetings at various locations in the City of Philadelphia. In keeping with the collegial practice of the British Inns, a "host" organization provides food (hors d'oeuvres) and drink (wine, beer, and soft drinks) to foster social exchange following the formal presentation portion of the meeting. Pennsylvania CLE credit will be available. 

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2019-2020 Meetings

Tuesday, September 10th - Introductory meeting [6PM at Baker Hostetler LLP, Cira Centre, 12th Floor, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA]

Thursday, October 10th - Ethics for Young Lawyers [6PM at Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law, 299 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085]

Tuesday, November 12th - Trademarks for immoral or scandalous material; Non-US entities seeking US trademark registration must be represented by US licensed attorneys [6PM at Volpe & Koenig, 30 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA]

Tuesday, January 14th - Trial Proceedings before the PTAB and more [6PM at Drexel University Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy - 1200 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107] 

Tuesday, February 11th - Review of Copyright SCOTUS decisions [6PM at Ballard Spahr, LLP 1735 Market St]

POSTPONED  INDEFINITELY - Thursday, March 19th - Judges Meeting 

POSTPONED    INDEFINITELY -  Tuesday, April 14th - Recent Patent Eligibility cases and USPTO Guidance [6PM at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, 1701 Market St]

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